Off the rack or completely custom, Vessel is the choice of tour pros and discerning golfers everywhere—on and off course
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here’s a 16-hour time difference between Taiwan and California, but when it comes to the Shaw family’s dedication to quality, the two countries are right in sync. Carlsbad-based Vessel, founded ten years ago by Ronnie Shaw, has become a household name at the top of the golf game, known for building custom bags for tour pros and discerning duffers alike.
It has its roots in the lauded Zonson company, launched by Ronnie’s dad, David, in 1981 as Taiwan’s first golf bag factory. Zonson “was founded upon the promise to deliver premium products and quality without compromise,” according to its site, and in that way Vessel is no different. But while Zonson made its name as an international OEM powerhouse, building quality bags for the likes of Nike and other top brands, Vessel began as more of a boutique operation, customizing a few bags per week for tour pros. When Nike ended its golf efforts, the Shaws decided they needed to have more control over their own destiny, and so the focus turned to growing Vessel—which they’ve done with tremendous success. Today the company is one of the most recognized brands in golf, supplying golf bags to hundreds of pros on the PGA, LPGA and other tours, and building a range of consumer golf bags to suit every need and taste.
The company also offers bags and cases for tennis and they craft a nice range of luxury lifestyle goods, including backpacks, duffels, totes, briefcases, luggage and more—all of it designed with subtle innovations, and all crafted to the highest standards. If you’re looking to update your current carrier, in search of the perfect gift for someone, or looking for a standout bag product for your club or company function, we’re convinced this is the highest-quality bag company on Earth. More than that, you can design your own on Vessel’s website, customizing the style, color and more, meaning that it won’t just be the best bag on course, it will be your best bag. As Vessel has it, “Elevate Your Carry.” Here are a few ways to do just that:
Player III Stand
Made of Tour-grade synthetic leather and equipped with Vessel’s patented Rotator Stand System and self-adjusting EQ2 Double Strap, this stand bag is one of our favorites, boasting proven performance, stability and balance, and unmatched craftsmanship.
The VLS Lux proves that you can have a lightweight stand bag without sacrificing functional details or premium trims. This full-featured bag is available in a variety of unique textures for an elevated look and feel. “Lightness strikes” with the VLS Lux stand bag, which features an exoskeletal base and other special features, resulting in a lightened load overall.
A cleanly designed, slimmed-down build that’s perfect for carts, the Lux Cart from Vessel is made of Tour-grade synthetic leather and offered in 7-way and 14-way designs, either of which yields superior performance and looks while protecting your clubs.
If you watched a PGA or LPGA Tour event, you’ve seen this bag in action. The Prime Staff is trusted by top pros, crafted from the finest materials and designed with serious players in mind. Featuring eight pockets, two water bottle compartments, an umbrella sleeve and more, this is the pinnacle of performance for those who want nothing less.
The Signature Garment Duffel is a remarkable bag that combines the attractive shape and portability of a “weekender” duffel with the functionality of a garment bag. With just a single zipper, the bag can be opened like a traditional garment bag, making for wrinkle-free traveling (with a hanger hook built-in). A trolley sleeve, detachable shoulder strap and other design innovations make this a workhorse bag for the boardroom-bound that’s also stylish and well-crafted enough for the jetset.
Countless hours of travel and observation were put into the design of the PrimeX Backpack, and the result is one of the most versatile utility backpacks available. Plenty of storage, with compartments optimized for tech, this bag also features a snap-closure magnetic accessory pocket with a hook lock for added security. Premium materials—including waterproof zippers, genuine leather pulls and antimicrobial lining, among others—make for a long life, while the high level of comfort makes for trouble-free long days. The best bag for whatever, whenever, wherever.